Chain Camera
Chain Camera (2001)

Wanting to make a film about American teenagers in the year 2000, filmmaker Kirby Dick took a novel approach; he went to John Marshall High School, a Los Angeles-area school with a racially and economically diverse student body, and gave… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 19, 2001
DVD Release Date: July 26, 2005
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune

Absorbing in places, but considering the large and diverse pool the filmmakers had to draw from, it's a surprisingly repetitive and predictable collection of big-city sagas.

Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times

Chain Camera may not provide a demographer's perfect cross-section of society, but it does provide a pungent, provocative slice of Americana.

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Kim Morgan

Dick unearths some meaningful, disturbing and disarming material.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

A candid, compelling documentary.

Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

Chain Camera is, at the very least, unfailingly candid.

Rachel Gordon

On the whole, Chain Camera surprises in how it manages to mix entertainment and personal journeys.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

... fresh and revealing ...

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Ron Wells
Film Threat

Kirby Dick isn't in the habit of making his presence felt on camera, and his newest documentary allows his subjects to strictly speak for themselves.

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George Wu

Kirby's egalitarian impulses get the best of him as he devotes time pretty evenly to each student regardless of how interesting they are individually.

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Jason Spencer
While I thought this was an interesting look into the lives of high schoolers in LA I didn't think it was a great flick. It is disturbing to see most of… More